It's been a year since two bombs were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, killing three and injuring 264. A shooting three days later by the perpetrators of the bombing left a policeman dead, and the ensuing hours-long police standoff and manhunt had the entire city on edge until suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was finally captured by police. Here are some reactions to the anniversary:
Many organizations and people tweeted using the "#bostonstrong" hashtag:
Today we pause and remember those we lost one year ago in the tragic Boston Marathon bombing. May we never forget, and stay #BostonStrong— Michele Bachmann (@MicheleBachmann) April 15, 2014
Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino gave tribute to his city's resiliency at a memorial service today:
"I want you to hear this solemn promise: When lights dim and cameras go away, know that our support and love for you will never waiver."
Vice President Joe Biden echoed his sentiment:
"America will never, ever, ever stand down. We are Boston. We are America. We respond, we endure, we overcome, and we own the finish line."
ESPN dedicated its Sports Center Featured segment on the healing effect Boston's professional sports teams had on the people of Boston. The Boston Red Sox earlier this year honored the people of Boston and their resilience on Opening Day.
The White House also announced that the president will be partaking in a moment of silence at 2:49 p.m., the time of the first explosion.
At 2:49pm ET, please join President Obama in a moment of silence to honor the victims of last year's Boston Marathon bombing. #BostonStrong— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 15, 2014